(Original post by Stir fried Giblets)
I rode for two years 12-14 years but due to financial reasons I couldn't continue lessons. I'm now 18 and have the opportunity to horse share, two days a week for £20, jobs include mucking out, riding, feeding, poo picking in a communal field, etc. Although I haven't properly ridden for 4 years I did two weeks work experience last year at two different stables. I guess you have to start somewhere.
I would really appreciate anyone's knowledge/suggestions/opinions on horse-sharing and this one in particular. Here are some posts the girl put on her FB (I didn't see these until after I met the horse):
"Writing a realistic advert is so hard! Right... He's 17.2hh (or thereabouts), rising 6, shire x hackney. Does a bit of everything, good to hack alone or in company, roads or fields, currently schooling really well, a bit green over jumps but doesn't refuse, I'm just a wimp. We'll be trying cross country soon which I'm sure he'll love. Chance to compete if wanted. Good to groom, bath, lead, lunge, everything really. He's a lovely horse, I'm biased but he is!"
Then this was after the advert was posted inc a conversation in the box below it:
"To all potential sharers, my horse has horrible stable manners, about 64% good in traffic, scared of heights and is slowly turning into a metal detector. However, he's not lame or abscessy so all's good"
Friend: this mite be mw bein really stupid but r u really thinkin of sharin??? xxx
Owner: not the best way to promote him is it?
I don't know really, I'm thinking about putting him on full livery once a week or something. I'd get jealous if he liked the sharer better than me!
Friend: lol! i was just confused coz i thought it was a bad advert for him! y u puttin him on livery once a week? coz of work???? x
Owner: I'll definatly take 'good to hack in traffic' out of the advert, he's not a fan of bridges apparently I'm out the house from 7 till 7/8ish with work and I don't get anything done after I've seen to him. I'll probably just put him on f/l every now and then when I need to do something.
I really want to give it a try but I don't want to cloud my judgment due to excitement. When I went to see him he caught well, spooked a bit going through a specific gate (just snorting, and ears back) and the same thing happened to a plastic bag later. He rides really well though. I know all horses have some vices but because he's such a big horse I feel like I'm blowing these out of proportion. He has been known to kick the stable door when he runs out of food. Is this really really bad?